New rules for senior drivers

COMPULSORY medical checks and driving restrictions on when drivers over the age of 75 can take to the road are among the 26 recommendations put forward by the Older Driver Safety Advisory Committee.

The RACQ is all for the review of laws related to drivers aged 75 and over and have backed the recommendation to introduce a new maximum life of 12 months for medical certificates issued to older drivers.

RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy Paul Turner said the motoring organisation supported the committee's approach that any decisions to change current older driver policy should be based on risk, not age and any policy change must be based on clear evidence of road safety benefits.

"Older drivers are not proportionately over-represented in fatal or serious injury crash statistics so we need to ensure that any changes are made for the right reasons," he said.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the report and the 26 recommendations would be considered by the State Government.

"Before we consider those recommendations I want to hear the feedback of the community, particularly older drivers or those who may have friends or family members who are older drivers," Mr Emerson said.

"However with an ageing population and 160,000 license holders over the age of 75, it's important that we continue to review safety.

"Independence and mobility are important to many elderly people, therefore I want to support the safety of those drivers and all road users."

The report will be open for public comment for one month.

See the report and the full 26 recommendations

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